Arguably one of the best-known juicers in the world right now, the Nama J2 holds a tremendous reputation and is broadly well-liked. However, in this day and age, many products are defined by their marketing more than their actual quality. So, let's see if it's really worthy of its popularity
If you're not already familiar with the Nama J2 and are looking to learn a bit about it, we'll begin by covering the features that have allowed it to gain such notoriety in the juicer world.
Starting from the top, it's most notable for being a self-feeding juicer. As a result, ingredients placed in a chamber on the top of the unit are juiced automatically once it is turned on, without the need for any supervision.
Obviously, this saves a lot of time as you don’t need to stand next to the Nama J2 feeding ingredients for 5 to 15 minutes. Instead, it does all the work by itself, making for a very smooth process that is undoubtedly a large factor in the Nama J2's popularity.
It is also manufactured to a great standard from a range of high-quality BPA-free plastics and comes with a decent selection of accessories. That said, these latter features aren't particularly groundbreaking, but in all honesty, self-feeding technology aside, the Nama J2 isn't all that groundbreaking. It's a good cold press juicer, but perhaps not as good as some make it seem.
If we assess it on its features alone, there's no doubt that the Nama J2 is a good juicer. The self-feeding technology is a big time saver and it's little surprise that it's been able to captivate so many of the people that have tried it out.
However, the Nama J2 is most certainly not the first self-feeding juicer to exist, and Hurom, the brand that manufactures the J2 for Nama, has been making them since 2018. So, to truly see how good the Nama J2 is, we feel that it has to be compared against its closest peers, namely the Hurom H400.
To see our comparison of these models, be sure to check out the video below where we cover their differences and key strengths in detail while giving our opinion on which offers the best value.
If you are wanting to see how the Nama J2 compared the the Hurom H200 and Hurom H300, click here for our original youtube video.
Is It The Best Option?
Now, if you want a quick answer without having to watch that whole video, it's our opinion that, no, the Nama J2 is not the best option. At least not when it's directly compared to other high-quality self-feeding juicers.
Does that mean it's bad? No. Most certainly not. It is definitely a good juicer in spite of that result and if you've already bought one there's no need to worry, you haven't wasted your money. However, as per our analysis, it has 2 key weaknesses that put it behind the Hurom H400. Namely its parts warranty and juicing mechanism.
Starting with the Hurom H400, it is much faster to clean but matches the J2 in juice quality and yields. The Hurom H400 uses more up-to-date technology compared to the Nama J2, and its advantages extend beyond technology to include the actual design. The Hurom H400 is sleek, compact, and overall more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Then, the parts warranty only offers a relatively short 2 years of cover on the Nama J2, compared to 5 years for functional parts on the Hurom H400. Considering a majority of defective parts will only start to break after about 2 - 3 years of use, this is particularly concerning for the Nama J2.
Lastly, the juicing mechanism suffers a lot when it comes to ease of cleaning. We can't fault it when it comes to juicing, but it isn't actively better than either of the Hurom H400 despite taking nearly twice as long to clean.
Of course, if your heart is set on the Nama J2, don't let us stop you from pursuing it. The odds are that you'll be happy with it. However, if you'd like to get more bang for your buck, we'd generally recommend either of these 3 Hurom models as superior alternatives that offer the same quality with some added benefits.